This guy is definitely seeking the hotly-contested title of Craziest Man in Congress. Yes, dear reader, we’re speaking of Paul Broun, about whom we previously wrote Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. At that post you can see the video in which he said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
The most frightening thing about Broun isn’t that he’s an idiot — he’s certainly not alone there — or even that he’s a medical doctor. What’s really scary is that in Congress he’s a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security.
In the just-concluded congressional election, a contest in which Broun had no Democrat opponent, write-in candidate Charles Darwin (disqualified not only for being an Englishman, but also for being deceased) drew a respectable 20% of the vote in Athens-Clarke County, and the Darwin vote in the rest of Broun’s district is yet to be reported (see Election Returns in Broun vs. Darwin).
As if that’s not enough craziness for one election, now there’s more news about this world-class fool. In the Athens Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia, located in Broun’s district, we read Broun addresses veterans at Morgan County church. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Congressman Paul Broun used a Veterans Day address at a Morgan County church to urge a crowd of hundreds to enlist in an army dedicated to learning about, and asserting, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as the founding principles of the United States.
We find no fault with that. Indeed, it’s entirely admirable, and most of the article is about Broun’s patriotic message. But then he jumps the tracks, and that’s the part you should know about. Here it comes:
Broun … warned his audience Sunday to be wary of internal enemies.
Uh oh … that sounds like the start of something interesting. Let’s read on:
“Our enemies are not just al-Qaida. We have internal enemies,” Broun said. “When we have attacks upon the church, Jesus and the Constitution; those are internal enemies.”
Pause for a moment to let that sink in, dear reader. As a member of the House of Representatives, Broun sits on the Committee on Homeland Security — and he thinks the nation is threatened by attacks on Jesus. As you ponder the implications of that, we’ll continue with a bit more from the Athens Banner-Herald:
Honoring veterans also means learning about early American history, Broun said, understanding the country’s Christian underpinnings …
Whenever that subject comes up, we always provide a link to Is America a “Christian Nation”?, which is our understanding of that subject. Here’s more from Broun’s speech:
“There is a tremendous lack of knowledge … about the biblical foundations” of this country, Broun said, noting later in his address that “the only way we’ll turn it around is if you get involved.”
In our humble opinion, Broun personifies that “tremendous lack of knowledge.” Moving along, we come to the “doubling down” that our title promised you. It’s our last excerpt:
Just as he had at a recent sportsmen’s banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun, a physician, asserted the Bible’s scientific truth, contending that “there is scientific data” to support divine creation of the Earth as outlined in the Bible.
Holding onto a Bible, Broun said, “What I’ve found, as a doctor and as a scientist, it that this book is true.”
The guy is definitely in the top tier of contenders for the Craziest Congressman title, but it’s far too early to award him the crown. Experience has taught us that others will emerge who are also deserving of that honor. So let’s wait a while.
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